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Finexx takes over Volpini packaging and increases fund volume

Photo: Matthias Henning, foun­der and mana­ging direc­tor of Finexx GmbH
27. April 2021

Stutt­gart — The invest­ment company Finexx has acqui­red 100 percent of the shares in Volpini Verpa­ckun­gen GmbH Austria as part of a succes­sion plan. Volpini is a leading manu­fac­tu­rer in Central Europe of Pack­a­ging cups and films. The exis­ting manage­ment will conti­nue to support the company in all opera­tio­nal matters to ensure a seam­less tran­si­tion of manage­ment. The parties have agreed not to disc­lose further details of the tran­sac­tion. The new invest­ment, which stra­te­gi­cally fits perfectly into Finexx’s invest­ment stra­tegy, takes into account an incre­ase of Finexx Fund II to the total volume of 30 million euros. The high-growth mid-market inves­tor from Stutt­gart now mana­ges a total of around EUR 65 million.

Volpini Verpa­ckun­gen GmbH Austria, based in Spit­tal an der Drau, Austria, was origi­nally foun­ded in 1811. Since 1970, the tradi­tio­nal company with its current work­force of around 60 employees has specia­li­zed in the produc­tion of plastic pack­a­ging, in parti­cu­lar sustainable pack­a­ging cups (yogurt pots) and ther­mo­forming sheets. In the field of Desto cups, which are consi­de­red to be parti­cu­larly sustainable, Volpini plays a leading role in the Central Euro­pean market. The company has modern produc­tion faci­li­ties that are opti­mally adap­ted to the requi­re­ments of medium-sized and large custo­mers in the food indus­try. Most recently, Volpini gene­ra­ted annual sales of around 13 million euros.

With the acqui­si­tion of Volpini, Finexx further expands its presence and exper­tise in the food indus­try. With the orga­nic food inno­va­tor BIOVEGAN and BioneXX Holding with the brands GSE, Fitne and Feel­good Shop, the port­fo­lio of the indus­try specia­list already inclu­des two market-leading plat­forms in the field of orga­nic baking and cooking ingre­dients as well as food supple­ments and healing products.

“The food indus­try is in a state of flux. Not only is the market for health-conscious nutri­tion growing rapidly, but compa­nies and inno­va­tive solu­ti­ons in the field of sustainable pack­a­ging solu­ti­ons are also boom­ing. Volpini is already excel­lently posi­tio­ned in this area. In addi­tion, we see both orga­nic and inor­ga­nic growth poten­tial at Volpini. With its market-leading posi­tion, the company is there­fore the opti­mal stra­te­gic addi­tion to our indus­­try-orien­­ted port­fo­lio,” says Finexx CEO Matthias Heining.

Accom­pany­ing the tran­sac­tion, Finexx Fund II, which was closed at the end of last year, was incre­a­sed from 20 to now 30 million euros. The Baden-Würt­­te­m­­berg-based invest­ment company, which specia­li­zes in growth invest­ments and succes­sion plan­ning, now mana­ges a total of around 65 million euros. Finexx’s cross-sector invest­ment stra­tegy focu­ses on small and medium-sized enter­pri­ses (SMEs) with sales of 10 million euros or more.

“Our invest­ment philo­so­phy is to support medium-sized compa­nies with indus­try exper­tise, capi­tal and an exten­sive network in their growth or in chal­len­ging succes­sion situa­tions as part­ners. In our self-image as an insti­tu­tio­nal family share­hol­der, we wanted to conti­nue this proven stra­tegy with our second fund from the outset. The incre­ase of our Finexx Fund II by around ten million euros shows that we are on the right track with our entre­pre­neu­rial convic­tion,” says Dr. Markus Seiler, CEO of Finexx.

In addi­tion to Volpini, BIOVEGAN and BioneXX Holding in the pack­a­ging and food indus­try, Finexx has a stake in Sicko, a medium-sized specia­list in indus­trial auto­ma­tion in wood processing.

About Finexx
Finexx GmbH Unter­neh­mens­be­tei­li­gun­gen, based in Stutt­gart, is an invest­ment company foun­ded in 2013 that specia­li­zes in estab­lis­hed medium-sized compa­nies. Typi­cal fields of acti­vity are growth, invest­ment and acqui­si­tion finan­cing as well as the support of chan­ges in the share­hol­der struc­ture and succes­sion planning.

Finexx invests long-term funds from insurance compa­nies and pension funds, among others, in compa­nies from the German-spea­­king region, predo­mi­nantly within the frame­work of majo­rity share­hol­dings. These have sales of EUR 10 million or more, a quali­fied manage­ment team, and can demons­trate sustainable earnings power and cash flow based on a success­ful busi­ness model.

The team has many years of indus­trial and manage­ment expe­ri­ence as well as profound know-how in the invest­ment sector — both are brought to bear for the success­ful further deve­lo­p­ment of compa­nies and in the asso­cia­ted change proces­ses. Finexx supports manage­ment by provi­ding active commer­cial and tech­ni­cal advice without inter­fe­ring with day-to-day opera­ti­ons, as well as a cross-indus­­try network. www.finexx.de

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